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Most of 800,000 Department of Defense civilian employees will see their workweeks shortened and their pay cut by 20 percent from late April through September, if Congress, as now expected, fails to stop $46 billion in indiscriminate defense budget cuts set to take effect March 1.
Thurston County firefighters rescued three Joint Base Lewis-McChord paratroopers who were caught in trees during an exercise Thursday afternoon.
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Reid showed up at his Joint Base Lewis-McChord explosives unit in 2008 with more passion than knowledge about the dangerous specialty he chose. He left it two months ago as an expert, someone fellow soldiers admired for the intensity he brought to his job disabling enemy bombs – and for the wild spirit he showed after hours.
Col. Darron Wright thought he knew who the bad guys were on his first deployment to Iraq. They were Sunni Muslim insurgents giving his soldiers hell in the communities around Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
MOSCOW — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.
Defense Department civilian and military leaders gave full details this week of the readiness crisis unfolding across America’s armed forces, and got back not a whit of reassurance from Congress that relief is on the way.
Army leaders insist they have fixed flaws in Madigan Army Medical Center’s behavioral health department that resulted in the misdiagnoses of hundreds of patients. But they have refused to release reports that could substantiate their findings and shed light on what happened at the Army hospital last year.
Stephanie Crosse figures her next move with her Army lawyer husband should open new career opportunities. She has a license to practice law in Georgia, and the Peach State is their next destination.
Lt. Cmdr. Jack Townsend, a Navy Reserve retiree in Richmond, Va., first became aware a decade ago that he wasn’t considered a military veteran under federal law. It’s been bothering him ever since.
Lakewood residents living next door to Joint Base Lewis-McChord say the base’s rapid growth has created major traffic headaches in their neighborhood.
Congressional leaders appear to have reach consensus that it is safer politically to allow deep and arbitrary cuts to military budgets than it is to negotiate a large debt-reduction deal that would have names attached.
An ambush opened on the American patrol from just 35 feet away in hostile Taliban territory.
This time last year, the Air Force unveiled a plan to cut Air National Guard strength by 5,100 members along with more than 200 Guard aircraft, touting this as a reasonable efficiency, in part because Guard squadrons cost more to operate than active duty squadrons.
For years, female soldiers from the South Sound have served in harm’s way despite official limits on their front-line combat roles, which the Pentagon announced Wednesday would be lifted.
Naval Hospital Bremerton doctors, nurses and corpsmen stay sharp by working on dummies.
Unbending politicians who hold defense budgets hostage while refusing to cut a deal to address the nation’s debt crisis are putting at risk the readiness of America’s armed forces, the Joint Chiefs warned Monday in a “28-star” letter to the House and Senate armed services committees.
The family of a Lakewood teenager who died from a drug overdose in a Fort Lewis barracks four years ago will receive $40,000 from the government and a security contractor, according to a lawsuit settlement between the U.S. attorney’s office and the girl’s mother.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for an arraignment on charges that he murdered 16 Afghan civilians and wounded six more last March.
Defense spending soared in Washington state last year, even as the specter of long-anticipated budget cuts drew closer.
Spc. Christopher Anderson flew across the country Friday morning thinking he’d surprise the infantrymen he last saw in southern Afghanistan seven months ago when he lost a leg to an enemy mine. He figured he’d sneak up on them at their Joint Base Lewis-McChord headquarters.
The military’s managed-care option — Tricare Prime — will end Oct. 1 for retirees, their family members, and military survivors who reside more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or from a base closure site, Tricare Management Activity announced Wednesday.
Over the years, retired Col. Jimmie Kanaya felt the public’s gratitude time and again for his service with a storied regiment of Japanese American soldiers in World War II. He even accompanied President Barack Obama in the Oval Office two years ago to represent his unit when it received a special honor.
For the fourth time, Kelly Colter of Lacey waited anxiously for the final minutes to pass before she could welcome back her husband from war.
Before a roadside bomb in Baghdad burned and tore apart Jerry Majetich, before 62 operations put him back together, even before he volunteered for the Marines, then the Army, there were five older brothers who’d enlisted and a mother who’d served as an Army nurse in Korea.
House-Senate conferees have agreed to the more modest House-passed plan for raising drug co-payments on military family members and retirees who fill prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets or through mail order.
What one word sums up your feelings about your father coming home from war? Chelsea Riley picked up a marker pen to answer the question, but she couldnt stop at a single word. A small essay poured out, describing how she missed Capt. Ian Riley during the holidays even as she looked forward to his return by Christmas.
Staff Sgt. Chris Miller smiles when he says he and his wife, Sarah, “bucked the trend” and kept their relationship together through four deployments in the past 10 years.
There’s nothing like time at home between brutal combat deployments to refresh soldiers, get them fit for the next tour of duty and maybe help them save a relationship.
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